A cooking holiday in France where you will have a great time cooking, relaxing and seeing the sights...
Do you fancy a fun, friendly, hands-on cooking holiday where you can soak up the French life and learn to cook the way you've always dreamed?
Sitting at work wondering what you'll be doing on holiday this year? Or maybe you're at home dreaming about cooking and eating under azure skies...
A few days with us could be just the thing and, what's more, there's no washing up..!
If you'd love to cook and present dishes like the professionals, enhance your culinary repertoire and have a great time, come and join us for a wonderful cooking holiday in the Dordogne, France.
There's absolutely no washing up, courtesy of our Liz (see panel at right), so just come and cook fantastic food, consume the fruits of your labour and enjoy great company!
Ten key ingredients of your cooking holiday...
Relaxed & friendly - no being made to feel stupid
English-speaking - no interpreters, no misunderstandings
Children welcome - if they're old enough to talk, they're old enough to cook!
Totally hands-on - it's the best way to learn
NO washing up - just cooking, eating and relaxing
Flexible programme to suit you - variety of single, flexiblemulti-day and five-day residential or non-residential courses
Suitable for novice, intermediate & advanced cooks - we have the perfect menu whatever your skill level
Warm cosy en suite accommodation & most meals included - either stay here with us or 'commute' from your own accommodation nearby
Learn top cheffy skills - cook a range French regional & classic dishes
Non-participants welcome - see what there is to do in the Dordogne
Hands-on cooking, no boring demos..!
With only one or two short inspirational demos by the English chef (that's me, Jim Fisher), you'll feel completely satisfied with what you've achieved.
And it's totally hands-on, which means you personally get to prepare and cook the market-fresh ingredients alongside me and your fellow participants.
It can get pretty intense at times, but you'll soon get into the flow. By the end of the week you'll be brimming with new-found kitchen skills and cooking confidence!
Bustling markets and stunning scenery...
There'll be food-related visits such as a trip to Sarlat's bustling Wednesday morning market, and you'll also get a chance to see the sights of this beautiful region.
A cooking course for the credit crunch...
Once you book a cooking holiday with us you'll have nothing more to pay. Everything's included (see Prices), so, once here, you can just sit back and enjoy yourself with no more exchange rate blues!
Five Day/Five Night 'all-in' residential Cooking holidays...
Cooking, eating, drinking, relaxing by the pool and sight-seeing during a relaxed feature-packed week.
Prices start from an extremely competitive €845.00 and our great value five day residential cooking holidays are fully inclusive and cater for your every need.
During your time with us you'll pick up a huge range of skills and recipes in a structured, though informal and fun atmosphere.
Most days you'll prepare and cook two courses from scratch - lunch, dinner or dessert - using professional techniques honed in restaurant kitchens but adapted to the way you cook at home.
And, when it's time to go home, you'll not only take away all the recipes and a free CookinFrance apron (not to mention a few extra kilos!), but also bags of fond memories of a fun time spent with like-minded people (see what's included).
"A most enjoyable break whether you are an accomplished cook or a total beginner. Great fun!" (Denise and Kevin Wheeler, Bromsgrove, England)
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One, Two & Three day courses...
If you're short on holiday time, our varied infinitely tailorable selection of day courses offer you the chance to have a great time and learn stacks of new skills.
Starting at €130, either join us for a day or stay for a few. Our day courses are great if you are holidaying nearby, or just want to hop on a cheap flight to fulfil a personal fantasy! (see what's included)
If you can organise a party of six or more, you can come for FREE!
That's worth up to €995.00 EUR Email for further details
We cater for all skill levels...
You see, according to our English chef, it's all about building confidence by bringing out what's already within you, so skills you never knew you had will suddenly spring to life!
Our great value cooking holidays and courses (see prices) are designed to cater for all skill levels, from keen amateur to budding professional, so you'll never feel out of place.
We'll have a chat about what you want to cook...
When you email us, or phone (Tel: 0033 553 302405), we'll have a chat about what you want to cook. We'll then tailor the itinerary to suit you and the other guests by gathering together like-minded foodies on the same course. Simple!
Set in our magnificent converted barn in the Dordogne - the gastronomic heart of France - you'll be cooking some great dishes on your cooking holiday, from France and around the world. Check out a sample itinerary.
No Fanny Craddock-type on this cooking holiday in France...
If you're looking for a cooking holiday in France you've come to the right place: you'll learn by using tried and tested hands-on techniques honed in busy restaurant kitchens, but adapted to the way you cook at home.
And you won't be punished for every mistake by some starched Fanny Craddock type either - just patient guidance and jovial encouragement by an experienced friendly chef.
So, if you enjoy cooking among friendly like-minded people in a warm relaxed fun atmosphere, come and learn to cook with us because you'll quickly feel very much at home.
"The cookery was absolutely superb. We learnt so much: the exploding mouth-watering tastes; the cutting, rolling, squeezing methods; the searing heat and the leaping flames..." (Sheila Campbell, Pechaude, France)More Great Testimonials
Do you love cooking with the best ingredients?
During your cooking holiday in France, using the the best market-fresh local ingredients, you'll be introduced to ways of cooking:
In fact, you'll be cooking the best food in the world in the perfect place for it - France!
Take home fantastic new skills, recipes and memories...
Patiently guided and encouraged by your chef, you'll quickly become highly adept in the kitchen. Pre-prep, mise en place, knife skills, ingredient selection, flavour-matching and menu-planning will seem like second nature to you.
Leave us full of new-found kitchen confidence...
You'll learn everything you could possibly need to cook with flair and imagination back home, and we guarantee you'll leave here with at least three things:
A battery of new and indispensable cooking skills
Bucket-loads of kitchen confidence
Bags of fond memories of a fun relaxed cooking holiday
You'll have a great time here, which is why we describe Cookinfrance as a cooking holiday.
When not 'slaving' away in the kitchen you'll be visiting some of our beautiful tourist sites, doing some shopping, going out for great value meals or just lounging around by the pool soaking up the sun.
And while you learn to cook, you'll be staying in our superb centrally-heated en-suite accommodation.
"The course was all that I hoped it would be - a full day preparing and eating fabulous food in a beautiful setting with warm, friendly people." (Pat Broering - Morro Bay, California, USA) More Great Testimonials
Want to bring a friend or partner..?
Do you have a non-cooking friend or partner who would like to come along?
No problem - non-cooking guests are very welcome and, what's more, the price is about half that of the cook's rate and they'll get to taste all your lovely food!
Booking is easy, and only an email or phone call away, so why wait?
Strike while the iron's hot - book a cooking holiday in France now and share an experience you'll never forget!
"Is it right for me..?"
This is a cooking holiday with a strong food and cooking theme.
You'll learn a great range of basic, intermediate and advanced dishes while picking up a huge number of restaurant-style tips and techniques designed to enhance your own cooking at home.
There will also be plenty of time to spend acquainting yourself with our lovely part of France, chilling out by the pool, or simply reading that novel you've been promising yourself. In other words, having a bit of "me" time!
This is not a Cordon Bleu-style cookery school, so please don't expect back-to-back classes and intensive cookery lessons tied to a rigid concentrated itinerary.
"Just to thank you for giving me such a good experience and chance to learn from you. I really enjoyed it all. I am quite jealous of the people following on... I really hope to be able to come back soon"
Georgina Morris, UK
"Thank you both again so much for the wonderful week, I learnt so much and enjoyed every minute. It was such a lovely group and we all hope to stay in touch and circulate pictures."
Helen Fairweather, UK
NO WASHING UP YIPEE!
Liz, our dedicated washer-upper & all-round miracle worker, is a former chef who's always on hand to dish out sage advice.
"We wanted to let you know that our stay with you in Bombel the cooking experience was truly the hit of our 3 week trip. I can say I have a new and completely revitalized approach to my cooking."
"Thank you Jim and Lucy for a wonderful time. Your hospitality was very generous and I have enjoyed myself very much while learning a lot without stress! Plus... did not gain 1 ounce - unbelievable!"
Joanneke Lootsma, Holland
"Would very much like to book again sometime, so please forward any details when you are organising your courses. Thank you once again."
Bernice Lomas, France
"Our group said yours was the best cooking class we've had. I spoke with Terry Boyd just yesterday and he brought up your cooking class and said how he is doing much more "presentation" when he cooks...just like you taught him. Plus, he's now a perfect egg poacher!"
Three top bosses from the Mal Maison and Hotel du Vin hotel chain pronounce CookinFrance a resounding success:
"A cracking experience in France! All three of us had a thoroughly enjoyable and beneficial time in a very relaxed environment.
We will not hesitate in recommending you. Who knows - round two might be on the cards!"
Booking is easy, and only an email or phone call away, so why wait? Strike while the iron's hot - book a cooking holiday in France now and share an experience you'll never forget!
CONTACT US, or phone now on: 0033 553 302405 (Tip: leave out the  when phoning from outside France)